Mar 19, 2022 - Things to Do

7 ideas for your best spring yet in Atlanta

A close-up of a verdant garden filled with native species like aster as the setting sun peeks through branches

Photo: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

It's springtime, that magical buffer season in Atlanta when Mother Nature gifts us with just-right temperatures and explosions of color (and yes, pollen).

Here's a handy guide of some of the best ways to take advantage of all that Atlanta has to offer.

1. 🍷 Grab dinner and drinks al fresco
Two people walk on a paved bike and pedestrian trail in front of a building with "BEST END BREWING" in capital letters
Best End Brewing at Lee and White in West End. Photo: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

After spending months huddled under heat lamps, embrace dining outdoors.

  • Carve out a spot at Edgewood's El Tesoro, which has one of the city's best patios. Don't let the line scare you away; grab a drink from the side bar while you wait to order mulitas, burros and tamales.
  • After fine-tuning your Skee-Ball game at Skyline Park, eat burrata and seared diver scallops, and count the number of cranes dotting the Midtown skyline at Nine Mile Station on the roof of Ponce City Market.
  • Sample the selection of beers at Best End Brewing along the BeltLine's Westside Trail. If non-alcoholic drinks are preferred, head next door to Cultured South to sample a rotating menu of kombucha, including CBD-infused options.
  • Grab a morning latte and let your canine run free in the shade at Park Grounds in Reynoldstown, or in the sun at Fetch locations in Old Fourth Ward or Buckhead (and, coming soon, Alpharetta).
  • Grab a pie or a few slices from Glide Pizza's window at Studioplex (or their other locations) and stroll on the Beltline to Historic Fourth Ward Park. Don't forget the peppers and pizza ranch, both of which are housemade.
2. ðŸ‘‹ðŸ― Catch up with your neighbors
A large crowd of people dance and celebrate the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
Photo: Courtesy of the Atlanta Caribbean Festival

Atlantans hate traffic, frown on Pepsi and wince at the word "Hotlanta." We love — truly, deeply love — festivals. Here are top spots to dance, wander and ponder with crowds.

3. âš― Cheer on Atlanta United alongside thousands of fans
A zoomed back photo of a packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium during a home Atlanta United game
Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Or the Braves as they compete for another MLB championship. You've also got the Hawks. And the Rollergirls and the Gladiators.

  • Starting in May, the Atlanta Dream will take the court at Gateway Center Arena.
4. ðŸ§ģ Enjoy a staycation at these nearby Airbnbs
A mountaintop yurt overlooks a valley during dusk
Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb

When you've had too much of Atlanta, get behind the wheel and head to one of these Airbnbs within driving distance.

5. 🏞ïļ Lace up your boots and start walking
A view of the Chattahoochee River from the overlook at East Palisades
The 'Hooch from the East Palisades overlook. Photo: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

Few hikes in the city proper pack in so much as the East Palisades along the Chattahoochee River.

  • You've got walks along the waterway and routes aplenty through the woods, a photo-friendly bamboo forest and an overlook to take in the river.
  • For smaller crowds and even more elevation changes, head to West Palisades on the other side of the Chattahoochee.

Go far and go big: Pack a lunch, head toward Hiawassee, and take the challenging Jack's Knob Trail from Jack's Gap to the top of Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest point.

  • On a clear day the roughly 5-mile, out-and-back, not-for-the-faint-of-heart hike offers a view of Atlanta on the horizon. Trust us, the uphills and switchbacks are worth it from the very top.
6. ðŸŠī Get your desk pothos a sibling
People shop in a verdant and vibrant plant store called The Green Flamingo in Virginia-Highland
The Green Flamingo in Virginia-Highland. Photo: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

Don't let nature have all the fun. Atlanta's full of great plant shops and sales, many of which benefit local nonprofits dedicated to keeping landscapes colorful and bees happy.

The Green Flamingo: This Virginia-Highland boutique offers a variety of houseplants, succulents and advice.

Flora/Fauna: Curated houseplants, pots and planters, and curiosities await at this intimate shop on the border of Cabbagetown.

The Victorian Atlanta: In addition to its Ponce City Market location selling the "not-so-common plants and indoor staples," the shop opened a hybrid coffee stop and plant boutique in East Atlanta Village.

Gramma B's: Named after the owner's grandmother, this family owned and operated store in Sandy Springs store has a wide selection of indoor and outdoor plants.

Garden*Hood: The outdoor shop in Grant Park is a go-to source for hard-to-find native plants, ferns, and trees and they can help design your garden. Say hi to the chickens while you're there.

For a good cause: Don't miss native plant sales benefiting Trees Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery, the Georgia Native Plant Society and other nonprofits.

7. ðŸŒģ Do your part to keep Atlanta green
Volunteers smile as they plant trees with the Trees Atlanta nonprofit along John Lewis Freedom Parkway
Photo: Courtesy of Trees Atlanta

Spring is when Atlanta's flora shines the most. Take a few hours to make sure we have even more of it for generations to come.

Trees Atlanta has plantings and other projects you can sign up for across the city all the time. You bring the energy, the nonprofit will provide the tools and gear.

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